Astro Poetica: Free mini poem book to download and make.

Something to do with the kids in the holidays. Or on your own. 🙂

I’ve been busy experimenting with making little origami books in different forms and I thought I’d like to share the fun, so I’ve designed a poem book for you to download and make at home.  The poem is from Astro Poetica by Dom Conlon.  The illustrations are new.

download-36All you need to do is download the PDF from Inkology here, print it out and get cutting, folding and glueing!  Full instructions are included. You will need computer paper, glue and cardboard (a cereal box would be ideal).  I used coated photo paper to print out my book, but it will work with any computer paper.

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Once you’ve made it and know how it’s done you could experiment with making your own books, be creative, experiment with paper, ideas, words, pictures….

A full set of photos of me making the book are here.

Merry Christmas!

Making things…

The best part of making jewellery is having ideas and trying out new things.  So far my adventures with shrink plastic have been restricted to drawing, then scanning and printing onto shrink paper.  I did some drawing directly onto the shrinky paper recently, when I had a medium sized child on loan. We used permanent fineliners in bright colours, but I wasn’t very keen on the quality of the line once they were shrunk down. As I like my Rotring pens so very much I thought I’d have a try with those, although I wasn’t sure if Indian Ink would work…  I used two different nib sizes, 0.25  for darker lines and 0.18 for fine lines and shading.

After several experiments on scraps…

making-2So far so good. Next trimming into a slightly irregular shape and hole punching to take a jump ring.  These are the second pair in progress.

making-3And the first pair, shrunk and made into earrings.

houseearrings-3 copyThe next level of experimentation involved working out how to protect the surface, as I’m not sure how durable the ink will be.  I usually spray on a light coat of matt acrylic varnish, but I’ve seen shrinkie jewellery with a shiny domed finish.  Internet research revealed that ice resin was one way of achieving this look, however Glossy Accents (which I already had) produces a similar look.  First attempt… got a few air bubbles. Pretty sure I can get it perfect with practice. 🙂

makingI applied it with the findings still attached because I am lazy and because I wasn’t sure if it would block the hole.  It should dry perfectly clear and hard.  I will post a photo when they are finished.  Then wear them!

I have a few other things on the boil as well, but as they are presents and supposed to be surprises I can’t show you yet. 🙂  Also starting to try bending and shaping the plastic while it’s hot… more news on that to come.

And here are the dry earrings.. complete with air bubbles… which don’t really show when you’re wearing them..

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Fatwans (or further fun with my Rotring pen)

fatwansfinished copy

I have been drawing a lot with my growing collection of Rotring pens lately.  A lot of bears and cats and pug faces.  I thought it would be interesting to try an actual pet portrait.  Fatwans kindly agreed to be my guinea pig. (Obviously Fatwans is neither a pet nor a guinea pig, but a rather beautiful cat with her own Twitter account. Follow her here.)  I’m reasonably pleased with the result.

It looks better in real life, I haven’t quite worked out how to scan pen drawings without the lines dominating.  Tips welcome 🙂